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Re: MS Office 2013 - Accessibility changes ["John E Brandt"}


From: Bronwyn Lapham
Date: May 26, 2013 6:01PM

Thanks for that, John. Please excuse me for not acknowledging your response
- for some reason gmail has stopped putting unread mail in my inbox and I
just found it. I'd not been able to find anything that addresses this.

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From: "John E Brandt" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "'WebAIM Discussion List'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 15:21:53 -0400
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] MS Office 2013 - Accessibility changes ["John E

I think the official answer goes something like this: "Unfortunately,
Microsoft Office offers no means of indicating that an image should be
ignored, so it is best to simply leave decorative images alone. All other
images should be described with alt text." I grabbed this quote from
Colorado State U's Access site. I am not sure what happens if you simply
leave the description blank. JAWS users want to chime in here and tell us?

I thought I had read somewhere that there WAS a technique for creating the
Null ALT in Office. Can't put my finger on it...Anyone else know of a


John E. Brandt
Augusta, Maine, USA

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Subject: [WebAIM] MS Office 2013 - Accessibility changes ["John E Brandt"}

Thanks for sharing this, John. Do you happen to know how to add a null ALT
attribute to an image please?

From: "John E Brandt" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "'WebAIM Discussion List'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 16:19:40 -0400
Subject: [WebAIM] MS Office 2013 - Accessibility changes I took the plunge
and downloaded and installed MS Office 2013 last week.
They have a subscription basis for payment now; $99.99 per year and it can
be installed on up to five computers including Macs. Downside, it needs
Windows 7 or newer. Good news, free one month trial!

Of note, there are some changes in the way the accessibility functions work.
Most notably is the way to add Alternative Descriptions to images. The good
news here is Microsoft has prepared a nice help page with pictures and
descriptions. I don't see keyboard alternatives to the steps mentioned on
the help page, but I will keep looking.

You may find the help page about adding alternative descriptions at this

Short URL: http://tinyurl.com/a9pv8eu

I'll start working to update my Accessible Documents materials
http://mainecite.org/awd/accdocs.html to include the directions for MS
Office 2013.